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The importance of remembering:

Peguis Lord Selkirk Treaty 200 years later

The current Lord Selkirk paid a visit to Manitoba to commemorate a historic treaty signing, meet with Indigenous peoples and groups, visit First Nations and repatriate a headdress a previous Lord Selkirk received from a Peguis chief. 

While the treaty itself signed a little over 200 years ago between Lord Selkirk and five Indigenous chiefs, Including Chief Peguis, may have been supplanted later by the signing of Treaty 1, it is still an important document and time to remember for both the Indigenous and settler populations.

The Treaty was signed July 18, 1817.

The treaty established the Red River Settlement and spawned the use of Lord Selkirk or Selkirk on many institutions, streets and places within Winnipeg. 

It was one of several colonies that Lord Selkirk established across Canada for the Highland people when hard times his area of Scotland.

Also, the colony would not have survived had it not been for the intervention of Chief Peguis and his people by helping the colonists
when food was scarce and offering safety from fur traders.

More importantly, the treaty predates the numbered treaties across the prairies and was based upon The Royal Proclamation of 1763 that recognized Indigenous title to the land and how negotiations were to take place.

In what is now Winnipeg, in fact only several hundred meters from the Neeginan Centre (formerly known as the Aboriginal Centre), the Peguis Selkirk Treaty was signed not only between Lord Selkirk and Chief Peguis but four other chiefs representing different First Nations within the area. 

Over that time, others who occupied the role of Lord Selkirk of Douglas visited the area several times and one received an honorary head dress from a Peguis chief in the mid 20th century.

During his time in Manitoba, Lord Selkirk was all over Winnipeg and the province officiating and meeting various groups and people including stops at Winnipeg City Hall, the Manitoba Legislature, Neeginan Centre, the city of Selkirk and Peguis First Nation.

The current Lord Selkirk brought the head dress with him to give back to Peguis First Nation and its peoples.

On July 21, Peguis Chief Glenn Hudson and Lord Selkirk took part in a signing ceremony during Peguis Treaty Days.

In attendance that day, among many other luminaries, were newly elected Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Grand Chief Arlen Dumas, Southern Chiefs Organization Grand Chief Jerry Daniels, Brokenhead Ojibway Nation Chief Jim Bear, Selkirk Mayor Larry Johannson and Dr. Maureen Matthews, Manitoba Museum Curator of Ethnology.

To check out more places where Lord Selkirk visited, links and pictures, there is a Facebook page available under PeguisSelkirk200 as a search.

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